Experiencing the Shalom of God
Rejoice in the Lord always—again I will say, rejoice! —Philippians 4:4
Beholding the Lord and having your heart transformed by the reality of who He is, is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and life-changing aspects of life. If we want our lives to be transformed into the likeness of Yeshua our Messiah, if we desire to be strong in our faith and able to rejoice in the Lord always, in all circumstances, then we must give ourselves time to sit at His feet and meditate on His Word.
Right now, read through these passages, meditate on them, and ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind as you read the Word of God. My prayer is that, by the end of your time, your mind will be renewed, your heart fully encouraged, and “the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Messiah Yeshua.”
Rejoice in the Lord always—again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything—but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the shalom [peace, completeness] of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—put these things into practice, and the God of shalom will be with you.
What truth is being spoken in these passages?
What does this mean for me?
How should I respond?
By Paula Walberer
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